Pittsburgh Tribune Review Under the Skin
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, October 15, 2006
CD Reviews: 'Skin' doesn't live up to Buckinghams' rep
'Under the Skin'
Lindsey Buckingham has made four solo albums in 25 years.
That's one too many. "Under the Skin," his first release since 1992's "Out of the Cradle," is too often self-indulgent, an album of trite songs by a performer who sounds as if he's running on empty.
The lyrics are woeful in a Hallmark sort of way. On "Not Too Late" he sings "I'm not a young man but I'm a child in my soul." In "It Was You" he's finally home "because I waited for a woman who was true." All this delivered by way of breathy, echo-drenched vocals that particularly seem jarring on a cover of the Rolling Stones' "I Am Waiting."
Musically, the album is marginally better. Buckingham can be a fine guitarist, but on "To Try For the Sun" is frantic fingerpicking is annoying. Only "Cast Away Dreams" and especially, "Down On Rodeo" approach the genius Buckingham is capable of at his best.
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